March 1, 2011
National and International Speakers Examine Fashion Accessories During “Costume Accessories: Head to Toe” Conference
From hats on the head to shoes on the feet, clothing accessories were as important in the past as they are today. In between the head and the toes, people wore kerchiefs, shawls, gloves, ruffles, aprons, purses, wallets and jewelry as part of their ensembles. Accessories also can be used to explore history. Scholars from the United States, Canada and England present lectures providing invaluable details in the story of dress and adornment during the conference, “Costume Accessories: Head to Toe,” March 13-16 at Colonial Williamsburg’s DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum in the Hennage Auditorium.
On Sunday, March 13, Susan North, curator of fashions, 1550-1800, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, delivers the keynote address, “Not Just Another Pretty Hat! Studying and Curating Dress Accessories.”
Additional presenters include:
Colonial Williamsburg staff delivering presentations during the conference includes:
In addition, several optional programs will be offered.
This conference complements the “Fashion Accessories from Head to Toe” exhibition at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The exhibit features Williamsburg’s collection of men’s and women’s fashion accessories from about 1650-1850. This exhibition is funded by a grant from Mary Turner Gilliland and Clinton R. Gilliland of Menlo Park, Calif., through the Turner-Gilliland Family Fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mountain View, Calif.
Colonial Williamsburg and the Costume Society of America are co-sponsoring this conference.
A Reconstructed Visitable Past: Re-created Period Attire at Heritage Sites
In conjunction with the accessories symposium and in recognition of the 75th anniversary of costumed interpretation, Colonial Williamsburg hosts a conference on the use of costume and reproduction dress at historic sites on Thursday and Friday, March 17-18 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Art Museum’s Hennage Auditorium.
Jim Horn, Colonial Williamsburg’s vice president, research and historical interpretation, and Brenda Rosseau, manager of Colonial Williamsburg’s Costume Design Center, welcome participants. National and international speakers discuss costuming at historic sites. Richard Pickering, deputy executive director of Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Mass., gives the keynote address, “Shifting Seams: Tailor Made History for the Next Generation,” at 4:15 p.m. on March 17.
Local experts who will speak include:
Register for the conference by visiting us online at www.history.org/conted or by calling 1-800-603-0948, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Special hotel rates are available for accessories conference registrants. For room reservations, call 1-800-261-9530, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.
Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.